Sunday, February 13, 2011

The army and God are forgotten quietly when the purpose is served.

President John F. Kennedy (to members of the First Armoured Division, in the Cuban Crisis) on November 26, 1962: "Many years ago, according to the story, there was found in a sentry box in Gibraltar a poem which said:
God and the soldier, all men adore,
In time of danger and not before,
When the danger is passed and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the soldier slighted.
This country does not forget God or the soldier. Upon both, we now depend. Thank you."—
(Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962, p. 840.)

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